A few of my readers like B&W photos. A few like Color photos. A few like both color and b&w renditions of photos. I done used to put everything in one post, but the eyes can play tricks when you see a color photo immediately followed by a b&w photo or vice versa.
Well, here will twelve B&W renditions land. I added these photos to the Laupahoehoe SmugMug album. You can also click on the photos and a larger version will open up in a new tab or window.
Of course, I’m playing with more than just the B&W conversion. I’m dabbling into the Impressions 2 Topaz plugin as an added diversion.
For some of these, you will need to look at the larger versions. Meaning, most of you will not see the details of the conversion. It’s OK . . . in the overall scheme of things, it’s a minor loss to all involved.
There are a number of canned conversions I’ve saved through the years that I’ve been processing photos. That means that at most, only a few will sport the same conversion. Diversity is my name.
The above is another one I also did in Impressions 2. Again, you need to look at the larger version to see the details.
My original intent was to do a poll asking which conversion is preferred over others . . . then it occurred to me that perhaps people are tired of voting.
This next one is a pretty good one in my book. Well, if I had a book, and if it was mine.
Some of the B&W conversion give the opportunity to leave a bit of color in there, like a slight cast . . .
When done nice, it’s hardly noticeable, but it does register. The Glow 2 plugin brings out the cast, making it very evident.
Also, find the monkey in the photo. Wait; maybe it’s a bird.
There is something about converting photos with lava into B&W photos with lava. I like the end result.
Glow 2 can give interesting abstract patterns. I did not play around with this too much because my shoulder hurts and sitting at the desk is a bother. Still, I give you . . . Electric Surf.
Now, three types of conversions and we’ll call it a night. Got me some Harry Dresden books to read (yup, still not writing).
For the above photo, I pushed what I call “drama”.
For this next photo, I pushed the “glow.”
If you do look at the larger version, see if you can see the face leading the charge.
Finally, a pretty straight-forward conversion.
Most people present their B&W work one photo at the time. I admit that gives each photo a chance to shine on its own. Presenting multiple versions is usually invites comparisons and deciding which is superior.
It need not be so . . . it’s why I link to the SmugMug gallery. Also why I offer up larger versions when you click on the photos. Each photo should be considered on its own.
I like all of these for different reasons. The content, the sharpness, the glow, the contrast, the dynamic range, or a combination of some or all of those attributes.
. . . plus stuff that I can’t even explain other than something about each one reaches for a part of me that resides just below my awareness and makes up the totality of what I consider aesthetically pleasing. Is there one I like the best? Not really.
Not surprising that since I processed each one until I was satisfied with how each looked. Someone not me might find one or more they like above the others.
That’s also not surprising since they probably would have processed these differently, satisfying their own aesthetic standards. Some of our preference might overlap for some of the photos, but probably not all, hence preferring one or two above the others.
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